Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 3 Southlake Carroll

Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage.

Team: Southlake Carroll
2017 Record:
Conference Finish: 1st
Conference: 5-6A
THSA Classification: 6A
Head Coach: Larry Vucan
Playoff Run: State Tournament
Returning Starters: 5
Returning Pitchers: 6


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Cole Johnson TX
Southlake Carroll
2018 3B Weatherford JC
Nicco Cole TX
Southlake Carroll
2018 RHP Howard JC
Adam Stephenson TX
Southlake Carroll
2018 OF/LHP Wichita State
Nik Millsap TX Southlake Carroll
2018 1B/RHP Northwestern State
William Quillen TX Southlake Carroll 2018 OF Wichita State
Cade Bell TX Southlake Carroll 2018 2B  
Cutter Sippel TX Southlake Carroll 2019 LHP TCU
Yanluis Ortiz TX Southlake Carroll 2020 C/RHP Miami
Jorge Figueroa TX Southlake Carroll 2020 SS Miami
Grant Golomb TX Southlake Carroll 2020 RHP/C  


Southlake Carroll returns one of the most complete teams in Texas after winning 32 games last year. The lineup is balanced with power and speed, with table setter 2018 CF Adam Stephenson hitting in the leadoff spot. The Wichita State recruit is an elite runner puts pressure on the defense and can take away extra base hits in centerfield. 2018 OF William Quillen, also committed to Wichita State, returns in right field. Quillen has a nice combination of power and speed, to go along with a strong arm. 2018 3B Cole Johnson is one of the top hitters in the DFW Metro-plex. Johnson will hold down the hot corner at third base and provide some thunder in the middle of the order for the Dragons. Also back on the infield is 2B Cade Bell, and two-way talent 1B Nik Millsap

The Dragons also have a ton of young talent to add to an already seasoned club. A pair of Miami commits have a chance to contribute right away in 2020 SS Jorge Figueroa, and 2020 C/RHP Yanluis Ortiz. Both are ranked in the TX 2020 Class and both were top performers at the I-10 Border Battle. Figueroa is a slick fielding shortstop with great presence and gap power. Ortiz is a power hitting catcher with a strong arm behind the plate and on the mound. 2020 Grant Golomb has a chance to be special on the mound, the right-hander was up to 87 mph this fall with a loose arm swing. 

2019 LHP Cutter Sippel returns on the mound. The TCU commit was the number two starter last season and has the stuff to be a front line starter this year. Coach Vucan has a lot of options on the mound after Sippel. There are two-way players that can all pitch on varsity, including Adam Stephenson and Nik Millsap. 2018 RHP Nicco Cole is a shut down arm that could either close out games or fill a starter role. Keep an eye on 2018 RHP Joe Steeber, who Coach Vucan says could also log significant innings this year. 

All-in-all, Southlake Carroll has a complete team that can win games a lot of different ways. If they perform well at all three, watchout. 


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